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9th Annual Louisiana RN Program Rankings by RNCareers.org

To help nursing students in their search for a top RN program, the education experts at RNCareers.org publish their annual findings of the best nursing schools for both Louisiana and the country. Schools ranked on our list have proven their ability to educate highly competent nurses.

To create our rankings, we evaluated 12 ADN degree programs and 14 BSN degree programs in Louisiana. We obtained each institution’s first-time NCLEX-RN passing rates, the number of students taking the test, the program nursing accreditation and more. We then compared the results against other nursing programs in Louisiana to provide our state rankings. View our methodology

RN Programs in Louisiana

Best ADN Programs in Louisiana

#1 Associate Degree in Nursing

Louisiana Tech University

Division of Nursing

98.74% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1310 West Railroad Avenue, Ruston, LA - 71272
  • (318) 257-2000
Nurse Admin: Sherry Peveto, DNP, MSN, RN
Title: Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 98.74%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 391
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $10,065
  • Book and Supplies: $900
  • Percent Received Aid: 99%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $9,148
  • Percent Admitted: 64%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 41%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%

Situated in Ruston, Louisiana Tech University’s Division of Nursing is housed by its College of Applied and Natural Sciences (ANS). The college itself focuses on student success through critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills development. Aside from the outreach activities and research opportunities provided by the college, it also has facilities like laboratories and studios to develop students’ excellence in innovation. One of Louisiana Tech’s facilities is the Parkinson Resource Center aimed at helping patients with Parkinson’s Disease (PD).

In terms of student support, ANS has various scholarships available for its students. The Nursing Division prepares students for transition into real-world nursing practice through an excellent innovative education experience.

 Associate of Science in Nursing - Graduates of this 70-total credit hour Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program are eligible to take the licensing exam as a registered nurse. Various employment opportunities are then available ranging from home and hospice care, to ambulatory and long-term care. In terms of curriculum, students are trained to be aware of health care trend delivery. Critical thinking skills are also honed through faculty-student interaction. This program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.

#2 Associate Degree in Nursing

South Louisiana Community College

98.09% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1101 Bertrand Drive, Lafayette, LA - 70506-4109
  • (337) 521-9000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 98.09%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 154
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,300
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 94%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,119
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 28%

South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) is a SACSCOC-accredited educational institution, located in Lafayette, Louisiana. SLCC has a nonprofit organization formed in 2003 which aims to advance financial support for the college through program and technological advancements, as well as scholarships and staff development.

Its Nursing & Allied Health Division programs are geared for career preparation in various healthcare settings andr educational advancement for a baccalaureate degree at a four-year university. This is achieved through a flexible instructional method.

 Associate of Science in Nursing - This program holistically prepares students for their roles as registered nurses in various health care settings. Graduates are eligible to apply for the NCLEX-RN. Done through a blend of clinical experiences and classroom instruction, this program can be taken in two tracks: the ASN track and the LPN to RN Transition Track. The ASN track consists of 72 total credit hours, inclusive of 43 and 29 major and general education requirements, respectively. These courses may be transferred for a BSN program. It has a selective admission process.  

 LPN to RN Transition Program - This is the second option for obtaining an ASN degree, and is developed for presently-employed LPNs. This accelerated program has a three-semester coursework. Program admission includes at least three years of experience as an LPN, and a passing score in the nursing entrance test.

 Practical Nursing - Designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills towards becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), this 60-credit hour program has two annual starts—fall and spring semester. The curriculum utilizes simple to complex progression with laboratory work and supervised clinical activities. Program graduates are conferred a diploma and are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

#3 Associate Degree in Nursing

Louisiana Delta Community College

95.94% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 7500 Millhaven Rd, Monroe, LA - 71203
  • (866) 500-5322
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.94%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 89
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,220
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 94%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,310
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 14%

Located in Monroe, Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) is a SACSCOC-accredited non-discriminatory, open-admission college. Its School of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences offers Nurse Assistant, Practical Nursing, and Registered Nursing Programs. LDCC’s Associate of Science Nursing Program is fully approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN), and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

Nurse Assistant - With partnership from several universities, LDCC’s Nurse Assistant Program prepares its students to address health care needs in various settings ranging from acute care and long-term care facilities, to home health agencies and hospitals. Aside from the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) skills and health care introduction inclusion in the curriculum, students are also exposed to other healthcare necessary skills such as computer skills and job-seeking. Program graduates qualify for universal certification.

Practical Nursing - This program is designed to prepare students for the licensure examination and the workforce demands. The curriculum is taught through clinical experiences under supervision and specialized classroom instruction with a progression from simple to complex.  Program enrollment is limited. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council of State Boards Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

Registered Nursing - This Associate of Science in Nursing Program is structured to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSAs) for an entry-level nursing career. The curriculum is sequenced and organized systematically, following Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Hence, prioritization for specific needs is emphasized. It consists of 37 and 33 credit hours of required co-curriculum and nursing program courses, respectively. Two options are available for this program—the traditional track and the transition rack for current LPNs. Graduates may sit in for NCLEX-RN.

#4 Associate Degree in Nursing

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

College of Nursing

95.78% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 175 Sam Sibley Drive, Natchitoches, LA - 71497-0002
  • (318) 357-6011
Nurse Admin: Anna Morris, DNP, RN, CNE
Title: Senior Director & Chief Nurse Administrator
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.78%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 320
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,672
  • Book and Supplies: $1,300
  • Percent Received Aid: 98%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,774
  • Percent Admitted: 95%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 37%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%

With its first nursing students in 1949, Northwestern State University (NSU) of Louisiana, is the state’s first public institution to offer a nursing program. Students benefit from the guidance of NSU’s faculty consisting of experienced health care professionals. Moreover, NSU entered an articulation agreement with 11 colleges for ease of credit hour transfer and education continuity.

Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) - With the inclusion of general education courses, didactic and clinical nursing courses, this program prepares students for their career as a registered nurse. Designed for academic and career mobility, this program can be taken in two-year sequence. Graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).

Bachelor of Science in Nursing - This four-year program includes three and five semesters of academic courses and clinical courses, respectively. Designed for preparation in providing nursing care in various healthcare settings, clinical courses can be completed in the Alexandria Rapides Regional Medical Center Campus or the Shreveport Campus. Graduates are eligible to take the NCLEX-RN and/or pursue advanced nursing studies. Another option is the BS to BSN program. In just 16 months, students who possess a Bachelor of Science degree can obtain their BSN degree. Prior to starting nursing courses, students must complete all general education classes required. Meanwhile, an RN to BSN option is also available. It is designed for registered nurses and is offered 100% online.

Master of Science in Nursing - This MSN program builds on the knowledge of RNs from their previous degrees. These knowledge and skills are then supplemented with experiential learning to prepare students to be significant contributors in healthcare improvement. Nurse Practitioner, Education, and Administration are the concentrations offered for this program.

Doctor of Nursing Practice - Northwestern’s highest-level nursing degree aims to develop student’s potential in transforming healthcare through evidence-based practice, advanced clinical skills utilization, and systems change implementation. This DNP program is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and accredited by CCNE.

#5 Associate Degree in Nursing

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC)

95.19% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 201 Community College Drive, Baton Rouge, LA - 70806
  • (866) 217-9823
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.19%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 149
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,300
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 89%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,349
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 27%

Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) is a comprehensive community college in Baton Rouge. It has cross enrollment and articulation agreement with Southern University, Louisiana State University, and Southeastern Louisiana University, for a convenient transfer into four-year degree programs.

BRCC’s Division of Nursing & Allied Health is the first Baton Rouge public institution to offer the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) degree. Moreover, the said program is ACEN-accredited.

Nursing (Associate of Science)  - This 72-credit hour Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program can be taken in five semesters. This prepares students with the necessary skills, knowledge, competencies and values for nursing profession entry. Program graduates will be conferred a BSN degree, and are eligible to sit in the National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) in order to practice as a registered nurse (RN). Admission is a selective and competitive process. Admission requirements include a GPA of 2.80 or better in the 16-credit hour prerequisite courses, and a score of 75 or better in each section of the nursing admission exam. Moreover, an LPN to RN entry track is available wherein LPNs received credit for their previous degrees’ knowledge and skills.

Practical Nursing - Offered at the Acadian Campus, this 59-credit hour program can be taken in a span of four semesters. Program graduates are conferred a Technical Diploma (TD) in Practical Nursing, and are eligible to sit in National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). This program has a limited enrolment process, with program acceptance required prior to enrolling in any of the practical nursing courses.

#6 Associate Degree in Nursing

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC)

94.56% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 6220 East Texas, Bossier City, LA - 71111-6922
  • (318) 678-6000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.56%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 119
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,300
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,867
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 20%

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), named after its location, Bossier City, Louisiana, is a SACSCOC-accredited institution. It is non-discriminatory in all its operations—from program acceptance to employee hiring.

BPCC’s Division of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health aims to serve the Northwest Louisiana citizens by providing quality educational training for its students through clinical, laboratory, and classroom instruction. The division offers an ACEN-accredited Associate of Science program which has two available tracks: LPN to RN Transition Track and Traditional Track. In terms of accreditation, the latest decision was continuing accreditation given in 2016.

Nursing, LPN to RN Transition Track, Associate of Science - This program aims to prepare Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to become Associate Degree Registered Nurses (RNs) and provide competent and safe entry-level nursing practice. The curriculum emphasizes student-centered learning achieved through clinical simulation and experiences, academic instruction, and community service. A clinical component is included in the program. This also articulates in other agencies and institutions. Applicants must complete all the prerequisite courses and other requirements to be considered for admission. In order to provide high-quality education, admission is on a competitive and highly-selective basis with acceptance rate dependent on the faculty-student ratio requirement, and classroom space and clinical sites availability.

Nursing, Traditional Track, Associate of Science - This is another option designed for obtaining an Associate Degree. Similar to the LPN to RN transitional track, the curriculum is also student-centered. Program graduates are expected to provide safe, patient-centered, and evidence-based nursing care. Therapeutic communication techniques are also developed in order to foster patient relationship and team collaboration.

#7 Associate Degree in Nursing

Louisiana State University of Alexandria

Louisiana State University at Alexandria

94.10% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 8100 Hwy 71 South, Alexandria, LA - 71302-9121
  • (318) 445-3672
Nurse Admin: Sarita James, PhD, MSN, RN
Title: Director
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 94.10%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 86
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $6,884
  • Book and Supplies: $14,024
  • Percent Received Aid: 94%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,829
  • Percent Admitted: 64%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 26%
  • Graduation Rate: 31%

A unit of the LSU system, Louisiana State University of Alexandria (LSUA), named after its location, is a publicly-supported educational institution. Its School of Nursing emphasizes life-long learning for diverse students. It also strives for educational excellence and patient-centered care provision in various settings.

Associate of Science in Nursing - This Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program consists of 72 credit units inclusive of one and four semesters of pre-requisite and clinical nursing courses, respectively. The latter is conducted on-campus, face-to-face. Program graduates are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam).  In terms of accreditation, this program is CCNE-accredited with a Continuing Accreditation as the most recent decision. It is also LSBN-approved.

 LPN to ASN - This program is designed for Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs) to gain an ASN degree and transition for the role as a registered nurse (RN). It consists of 72-credit hours which includes a semester of pre-requisite courses. Clinical programs may take 3-4 semesters depending on the competency testing completion. Nursing courses and prerequisite courses are conducted onsite in the LSUA campus, while the latter may have some offerings available online.

 RN to BSN - Designed for RNs to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, this 12-credit program is offered 100% online. Semesters are in seven-week duration with full-time students taking up six credit hours per semester. Program completion length depends on students’ transfer credit. A nursing advisor is assigned for each student to help him/her plan a curriculum path.

#8 Associate Degree in Nursing

Delgado Community College

92.51% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 615 City Park Avenue, New Orleans, LA - 70119
  • (504) 671-5000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 92.51%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 321
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 90%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $4,223
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 9%

Delgado Community College’s Charity School of Nursing in New Orleans aims to equip students’ for entry level nursing careers. Designed to prepare them with the knowledge and skills for competent and patient-centered nursing care, the curriculum is centered on the learner and is conducted through a blend of distance and face-to-face education. Student to faculty ratio is 17:1. Its associate degree, RN and Practical Nursing program has bi-annual admission.

Registered Nursing (RN) Program - Three options are available for obtaining an associate degree in nursing in order to become a registered nurse. The Generic Program is designed for first-time students, while an Advanced Placed Program is for Delgado LPNs with an active license who graduated within the past year. Meanwhile, a Transition Program is also offered for LPNs from other nursing programs or for DCC graduates for more than a year as of the application date. This program consists of 72 credit hours.

Practical Nursing (PN) Program - With more than half of the program hours allotted for clinical experiences, this program prepares students for LPN careers. It can be completed in 16 months, and students are equipped with the necessary patient treatment, medication and observation skills.

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Program - Approved by the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), this program prepares students for bedside nursing care. Included in the curriculum are all OBRA skill Standards and are delivered through a blend of didactic and clinical instruction. A minimum of 80 hours basic nursing assistant care inclusive of 40 hours long-term care is required under the faculty’s supervision. Program graduates are eligible to take the Prometric Testing Center-administered certification exam.

#9 Associate Degree in Nursing

Fletcher Tech CC

88.05% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 1407 Highway 311, Schriever, LA - 70395
  • (985) 448-7900
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 88.05%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 60
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 95%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $3,831
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 35%

#10 Associate Degree in Nursing

LSU Eunice

86.17% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 2048 Johnson Hwy, Eunice, LA - 70535
  • (337) 457-7311
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (B) 86.17%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 67
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $4,730
  • Book and Supplies: $1,300
  • Percent Received Aid: 94%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $5,448
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: 14%

Best BSN Programs in Louisiana

#1 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

98.74% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 104 University Circle, Lafayette, LA - 70503
  • (377) 482-1000
Nurse Admin: Lisa Broussard, DNS, RN, CNE
Title: Interim Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 98.74%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 718
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $10,346
  • Book and Supplies: $1,300
  • Percent Received Aid: 96%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $9,319
  • Percent Admitted: 67%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 35%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%

#2 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

McNeese State University

College of Nursing

97.72% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 4205 Ryan St, Lake Charles, LA - 70605
  • (337) 475-5000
Nurse Admin: Ann Warner, PhD, RN, CNE
Title: Dean and Professor
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.72%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 258
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,380
  • Book and Supplies: $1,300
  • Percent Received Aid: 96%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,283
  • Percent Admitted: 63%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 56%
  • Graduation Rate: 44%

#3 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Science Center

School of Nursing

97.38% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 433 Bolivar St, New Orleans, LA - 70112-2223
  • (504) 568-4808
Nurse Admin: Demetrius J. Porche, PhD, DNS, RN, APRN, FNP-BC, CNS, FAAN, FAANP, ANEF, FACHE
Title: Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 97.38%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, LPN to BSN, MSN, MSN to DNP

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 856
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $2,922,823
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#4 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Fransciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University

96.99% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 5414 Brittany Dr, Baton Rouge, LA - 70808
  • (225) 526-1700
Nurse Admin: Amy Hall, PhD, RN, CNE
Title: Dean, School of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.99%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 89
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,200
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 92%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,991
  • Percent Admitted: 47%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 42%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%

#5 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Louisiana Monroe

96.35% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 700 University Avenue, Monroe, LA - 71209-0000
  • 3183421000
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 96.35%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty:
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: N/A
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: N/A
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: N/A
  • Percent Admitted: N/A
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: N/A
  • Graduation Rate: N/A

#6 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Southeastern Louisiana University

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

95.71% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 548 Ned McGehee Ave., Hammond, LA - 70402
  • (985) 549-2000
Nurse Admin: Ann K Carruth, DNS, RN
Title: Dean
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.71%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Accelerated BSN, Bachelor, BSN to DNP, LPN to BSN, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 513
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,289
  • Book and Supplies: $1,300
  • Percent Received Aid: 97%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,295
  • Percent Admitted: 97%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 44%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%

#7 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

University of Holy Cross

University of Holy Cross

95.45% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 4123 Woodland Drive, New Orleans, LA - 70131-7399
  • (504) 394-7744
Nurse Admin: Patricia Prechter, EdD, RN
Title: Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences; Chair of the Department of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 95.45%
  • Programs: Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 69
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $1,300
  • Book and Supplies: N/A
  • Percent Received Aid: 93%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $6,239
  • Percent Admitted: 53%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 9%
  • Graduation Rate: 38%

#8 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

College of Nursing

93.13% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • 175 Sam Sibley Drive, Natchitoches, LA - 71497-0002
  • (318) 357-6011
Nurse Admin: Anna Morris, DNP, RN, CNE
Title: Senior Director & Chief Nurse Administrator
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 93.13%
  • Programs: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing, Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Award Levels: Associate, Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN, MSN to DNP, Post Master's NP Certificate

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 320
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $8,672
  • Book and Supplies: $1,300
  • Percent Received Aid: 98%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,774
  • Percent Admitted: 95%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 37%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%

#9 Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Nicholls State University

College of Nursing

91.99% 3-Year
Pass Rate
  • University Station La Hwy 1, Thibodaux, LA - 70310
  • (877) 642-4655
Nurse Admin: Raquel Engolio, RN, MSY CPN, EdD
Title: Assistan Professor: Dean College of Nursing
  • NCLEX Passing Rate: (A) 91.99%
  • Programs: Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Registered Nursing
  • Award Levels: Bachelor, LPN to BSN, MSN

University Information

  • Total Faculty: 268
  • In-State Undergraduate Tuition: $7,946
  • Book and Supplies: $1,300
  • Percent Received Aid: 98%
  • Average Grant or Scholarship: $7,369
  • Percent Admitted: 93%
  • Percent Admitted who Enrolled: 40%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%

About RN Programs in Louisiana

  • There are 27 nursing schools in Louisiana. The CCNE accredits 11 nursing schools and the ACEN accredits 22 schools in Louisiana.
  • Typically, an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will take between 18 to 24 months to complete, and a Bachelor Degree in Nursing (BSN) will take about 4 years to complete.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for ADN students in Louisiana is between 68.96% and 98.74%.
  • The average NCLEX passing rate range for BSN students in Louisiana is between 64.80% and 98.74%.
  • The average annual salary for registered nurses is between $52,080 to $111,220 a year.
  • Registered Nurses (RN) throughout the country and in Louisiana can expect a favorable job growth of 15 percent from 2016 to 2026 which much faster than the average for all occupations.

The Louisiana Center for Nursing reported that the state currently has 48,300 registered nurses. Even though most of the nurses work in hospitals, employment in hospitals is seeing a decline. Louisiana nurses can seek employment in physician’s offices as well as positions in long-term care. In Louisiana, a majority of nurses are over the age of 50 and will be retiring in the near future. Over time, there will be a strong demand for more nurses to fill the void. It is because of this that more qualified applicants are being accepted into both ADN and BSN degree programs.

Nurses in Louisiana earn a median annual salary of almost $62,000. The salary increases with education and experience. Nurses who have obtained a bachelors degree or higher are likely to be more experiences with:

  • Administration and leadership positions
  • Researching statistical data
  • Positions dealing with ethics
  • Writing and implementing policy

Louisiana RN Program Comparisons: ADN vs BSN

Compare RN Programs ADN BSN
Number of Nursing Programs 12 16
Average NCLEX Passing Rate 90.47% 88.67%
NCLEX Passing Rate Range 68.96% to 98.74% 64.80% to 98.74%

Nursing Programs Offered by Louisiana Nursing Schools

  • Registered Nursing: 26
  • Family Nurse Practitioner: 9
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner: 4
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 2
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • CNL: 1
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner: 1
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner: 1

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RNs who wish to become advanced practice registered nurses will want to pursue any number of avenues to earn Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. Earning a Master of Science in Nursing consists of graduate-level coursework and clinical practice for those nurses who wish to direct patient roles such as a nurse practitioner. You can also pursue indirect patient roles such as teaching or leadership roles, or become involved in policy, state-wide health initiatives or community engagement. There are many clinical and non-clinical avenues that an RN with MSN can pursue.

Learn about Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Degree.

RN Licensing Requirements in Louisiana

Comprehensive guide to Louisiana Nursing License Requirements Renewals RN and APRN

Louisiana State Board of Nursing
17373 Perkins Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone: (225) 755-7500

Website: http://www.lsbn.state.la.us/

More of the Best Nursing Programs in Louisiana

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University
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Degree
83.98 Southern Univ Shreveport 11 ADN
78.23 Southern Univ Baton Rouge 8 BSN
71.04 Dillard Univ 9 BSN
69.98 Grambling State Univ 10 BSN
64.80 Louisiana College 11 BSN

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